About the project
What place do existential themes have in the recovery-process in patients with severe mental illness, within the drug-free psychiatric treatment option in Norway? What happens when mental health workers within this treatment option encounter existential themes in patients? What place do mental health workers think existential themes have / should have in drug-free psychiatric treatment?
The term existential can include a lot and be difficult to comprehend. In this study, it will be used in a broad sense to contain all the meaningful elements that human life entails. The project is a two-part, qualitative study. It aims to identify, describe and provide an understanding of existential themes and needs in patients with severe mental illness, within the drug-free treatment option in Norway. It also aims to identify what place mental health workers (within the drug-free treatment option) think that existential themes have / should have within this form of treatment, and to what extent they feel equipped to meet patients on these aspects. The overall purpose of the study is to identify and understand the elements that may contribute to successful reduction of medication and recovery in people with severe mental illness.
MA Psychoanalytic Studies, Goldsmiths University of London